A little home tour

So, long time no blog. This has been the longest I haven’t been on WordPress since I got an account years ago. The past three months have been the busiest I’ve ever had, thanks to work, general life, and settling into our new home. The sunny, leafy place above is where we now live, nestled in South London, and it’s a world away from where we thought we’d be right now. After giving up on the house we toiled with trying to buy for so long out in zone 7, we came to this place on a whim one snowy, freezing morning in February and never for one second thought we’d be interested in it, yet here we are. This isn’t an average flat and it’s certainly not an average development. It’s a purpose built eco development, with no gas (yep, no heating! Not that it’s ever ever ever cold) and lots of little quirks which make it environmentally friendly. We have solar panels, big funny turbine chimneys, some sort of special water heater and it’s known locally as the Tellytubby place, because well….


Everyone who visits us remarks on how weird and wonderful the place looks, and we’re so thankful we found it. There’s big landscaped, community gardens surrounding the buildings with plots to grow vegetables, an outdoor gym, space for children to play and lots of flowers. It feels like you’re totally removed from London, but I can still see the Shard from my bedroom window and get to work in Waterloo in half hour, so no complaints here.

We’ve slowly spent the past few months turning it from a big airy shell into a home (we’ve put up a total of three pictures, but every little thing counts) and it’s been the most fun, but also the most tiring and NOT good for my poor achey joints. We still have lots to do, and most of our money is still going on buying things to decorate with but it feels much more homely now we have some of our stuff up and displayed. The best thing about the flat is the light – there is so much light, which I wasn’t really into yesterday morning when I was feeling a bit fragile post-cocktail evening, but it’s bloody lovely. The ceilings are also absurdly high, which makes it feel big and even brighter.

The first thing we did was rip up the carpet in the master bedroom, get a new wooden floor and paint the room light grey. This is probably the biggest room in the house and I didn’t see a bedroom bigger in the whole time we were house hunting, so we were properly chuffed with it – I can actually store my stuff in relatively good order and find things without getting stress rash. We’ve got one curved wall with loft style windows which we still need to do something with, but thanks to the handiest of brother-in-laws this room was done and dusted in about a week.

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We’ve put our energy into making the living room cosy and less empty looking over the past few weeks, and it finally looks more like somewhere you’d want to lay and binge Netflix as opposed to uncomfortably sit and wish you were back in bed.

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We have quite a big space where fully functioning adults would put a dining table, but we’ve sort of just not got round to that and still eat at the kitchen breakfast bar or just on our laps (or you know, in bed when needs must). We do have the most gorgeous little wicker rocking chair which was Dan’s grandad’s and has a new lease of life thanks to TK Maxx’s amazing cushion selection.

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The rest of the place is still a work in progress. We have a spare bedroom full of stuff that we obviously don’t need having not touched it since we moved in but both can’t quite face throwing away yet and I don’t see the situation resolving in the very near future. We need a new bathroom, it all works fine, but it could use some sprucing up and we need to do stuff in the kitchen, but that magic money tree hasn’t made its way here yet, so all in good time.

The other thing we randomly have is a room running along the back of the flat which is made up mostly of glass. The ceiling is glass, as is the main wall, and it has exposed brick walls and a strange tiled floor. I love this room, even though it looks like a weird accident right now, and basically I’ll one day drive to B&Q, buy all of the plants and turn it into a jungle. At the moment we just dry washing in there and store fun things like a bin, drills and coats I’ll never wear again, but I think it could become a nice little entertainment room or something.

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So that’s really where life is at right now. Home designing, home buying, running out of money because of the home buying and googling ways to make plant pots more exciting to look at. Once we’re back from Italy next month (magic money tree, we are ready now if you want to grow in the living room), we’ll probably tackle the glass room and start saving for the bathroom. Until then I’ll just keep buying candles on sale in supermarkets.

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Tripod lamp is from Wayfair
Bedroom basket , blue rug and rocking chair cushions are TK Maxx
Armchair is Ikea 
Sofa is French Connection Zinc at DFS 
Stand By Me print is by the amazing Claudia Varosio who makes amazing film posters
Framed postcards pictures are from an NYC market 

 

 

 

QBic London – East London cool in a cube


A couple of weeks ago we took a Monday off work after a grotesquely stressful week and stayed in QBic London on a Sunday night. 
I’d read rave reviews of the Amsterdam branch and since that wasn’t quite a viable option, we hopped on the tube to the other side of town and checked in here, just by Aldgate East station. I was expecting bright and colourful and bold from what I’d seen online and the reality didn’t disappoint. If you need cheering up and a think a cheerful room, gigantic squishy bed and rain shower might fix things, head here. 



Keeping on East London message, everything is cool. The reception, the lifts, the bar, the retro games and even the water glasses. The rooms are built in cubes, all slotted together with lots of eco nods such as the showers, the toiletries, swapping your room cleaning service for a drink at the bar and the way the hotel was made- economically and environmentally friendly. 

The rooms aren’t huge but that’s all part of the cube idea, everything fits nicely from the quirky furniture to the light controls and bedside storage.

If I go to a hotel, I want the bed to be stupidly big. I want a delicious breakfast menu. I want a massive shower and good TV and good places to eat close by and with Brick Lane a stones throw away this place ticks all those boxes with a good price to boot. 

Spending a Sunday night drinking wine, playing Battleships, sinking into pillows and a duvet and consuming Brick Lane burgers is a good way to do life. 

The best thing about this hotel was the zero fuss. Everything was easy and the staff were brilliant. I’ll definitely be making a beeline to stay at QBic when I go to Amsterdam later this year. 

Mercato Metropolitano- London’s Italian market 


It’s rare to find a place in London that has that ‘wants to be really cool’ look and the whole pop-up vibe that actually works and isnt just an overpriced gimmick. I’m a sucker for all the seasonal city events and anything themed, but I never go back more than once. Places like that rarely live up to expectations and are often gone before you get the time to visit. 

Mercato Metropolitano looks like a pop-up, looks cool and I’ve been back three times now. It’s essentially a big indoor/outdoor Italian market nestled behind the Elephant and Castle roundabout. It’s permanent and open from 11am to 11pm. There’s fairy lights, stalls selling cocktails, £5 sourdough pizzas, fancy wine, incredible gelato and loads of craft beer. 

If you don’t want Italian food, you can also grab Vietnamese bowls, massive cheese burgers, fries topped with shredded steak and as much cheese and bread as you could ever hope for. 

The gelato is to die for- you need to try the sesame and the caramel as a matter of high importance. And while you’re at it, try the red wine from the Italian wine stall, they’ll let you sample as many as you like. If you don’t want to sample wine, sample beer. There’s beer for everyone- raspberry beer, sharp Italian beer, Camden ale, pale ale and you can also get fresh lemonade, mulled wine and bottle of fizz.



It’s at it’s best in the evenings after six but don’t be alarmed if you get there and the outdoors is empty- it’s all moved indoors after dark for winter. If you find yourself in the area during the day, you can get coffee and churros, big grilled sandwiches or a pizza to go. 

It’s 100% worth a trip for dinner- good for dates, good for after work drinks, good for lazy hungry Sunday afternoons- just good generally. There’s also a jungle themed cinema you can only access through a secret entrance and a cosy little wine bar with twinkly lights. Put it on your London to do list- and take a scarf while it’s winter, it’s a market after all. 

10 Halloween events and parties in London this year 

  
It’s October. The mornings have been cold. There has been frost. Sometimes at night you can see your breath. People are losing their minds over pumpkin spice lattes. Halloween is coming.

I used to hate Halloween. I never understood the point in it and I certainly wasn’t interested in celebrating it. Then of course, university happened and it turned into another excuse for house parties and a good reason to wear a crocodile onesie and put flour in my hair. Then I carved my first pumpkin (no YOU are late to all parties) three years ago and now I’m fully on board.

I’ve been to some really good Halloween events in London over the past few years, and the outlook is good for 2016. Now that Facebook events are used as mass, clickbait invitations it’s much easier to find out what’s on. You can just sort of stare at your phone screen and events will come to you.

I’ve already picked what I’m doing with my All Hallows’ Eve weekend and it will be glittery and sound like the mid-90s. If you’re undecided and you’re LDN based are bound, these are the most fun looking soires my research had turned up:

1) That’s so 90s- The Craft night – The Big Chill House Bar- Kings Cross

This is where I’m spending Halloween. The promise of a night of 90s music and an excuse to wear something Posh Spice would have been enthusiastic about in 1996 is too much to resist. It’s also a celebration of the film The Craft, which is now 20 whole years old.

2) Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival 

If you don’t fancy a full on Halloween night out you can go to this for free and see pyrotechnics and dancing among other stuff, all performed in front of a massive bonfire.

3) Stranger Things Party- Hoxton Square Bar 

If you’ve watched Stranger Things then you’ve had a successful 2016, congratulations. I love Hoxton Sq Bar and Kitchen, so I trust this will be a good party. Also there’s so much good fancy dress and 80s clothes to be worn for this.

4) The Grand Halloween Ball, The Clapham Grand

This is mostly in this list because I lived really near here for quite a while and had some really fun nights there and I’m not ready to let go. They  actually do events really well, so expect good decor and cobwebs and face paint.

5) Seven Deadly Sins- The Coronet 

This is one of the more expensive nights on this list with tickets currently at £20, but the Coronet do events on a big scale. This will be more than just a night out in a club. There’s over 100 performers lined up and the place is big enough to roam around and not get bored, but small enough that you won’t lose everyone you know within five minutes.

6) Deadly Disney Halloween Pub Crawl 

Shoreditch, of course. There is something that seems quite fun about dressing up as a dead, ghostly version of a Disney character. I’d probably do this for the fancy dress alone.

7) Halloween Bottomless Brunch- Bounce 

If you want to be tucked up on the sofa by 5pm then this is for you. Bounce do a really good bottomless brunch event every Sunday and there’s a Halloween special this year. Your ticket includes bottomless prosecco, endless pizza and a live DJ.

8) Isle of Fright- Ravens Ait 

Ravens Ait is a little island in the Thames, by Kingston- you can get there on the train from Waterloo in an hour. I went to uni in Kingston and once went here after a night out on a pedalo, obviously. It’s really pretty and is definitely something different- like spending the night at a place that could be a wedding venue, on a river. It starts early and ends by midnight, so a good balance of night out/home by 1am. They’re doing hot food, DJs, boats and fancy dress.

9) The Walking Dead Special- Shaka Zulu 

This is Camden’s most elaborate restaurant/bar/club. My sister once saw Stephen Hawking having dinner here, so there’s that. It’s really amazing inside, so even if you don’t make it for Halloween I recommend it anyway. It looks like a grand African museum and there’s often dancers with peacock tails roaming around. Or Lion themed conga lines. Anyway, for Halloween, they’re turning the place into a scene from The Walking Dead, which sounds amazing. If you don’t have some kind of fancy dress (it says even a pair of fangs on their website) then you can’t go in. So plan ahead.

10) Halloween special at The Roof Gardens

The photos from the Halloween night they did last year look amazing. This is a really nice venue, so if you want something a bit different and more chilled out than a club, I think this will be a good bet. It’s in Kensington, so plenty of places to go for a nice pre-fright night meal too.

London- sacrificing the simple life

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I never really imaged I’d work anywhere but London when I was growing up, or when uni was coming to an end and I needed to think about jobs and being able to afford more than one pint of milk at a time. I grew up on the London/Surrey border, never more than half hour from Big Ben and all his attraction mates, so it felt like it was bound to become my working home- which it did and it still is.

It’s been about five years now since I went out and bought sensible shoes and a collection of black cardigans that have been periodically lost and replaced every few months since 2012. That time feels so fast that it could have been last week, but at the same time it seems long enough to make me feel like I’m getting on a bit. Time is weird.

When it comes to living in London, everyone knows you need some serious dollar tucked away to set up house in a nice family home you can grow into in any of the ‘nice’ bits, but that’s just how it is. I’ve happily grown up on the sidelines, happily lived in zone two, and am now preparing to move out into the ‘Greater London’ commuting belt. Hoping this will also be happy, fingers and toes crossed.

I love London, really I do, but it’s tested my patience plenty of times these past five years, being part of the daily grind and the rush of folk off to work, off to lunch, off to buy street food. I’ve gotten angry, distressed, poor, confused, sad, weepy, exhausted and grimy (thank you underground dust), but also it’s been a bloody blast. I couldn’t think of a better place to call home or to go to work in every day and that’s probably because I’ve become so used to the place that I just let it wash over me. I guess that’s a kind of coping mechanism, but after all this time it’s become more of a personality trait. You have to accept that life in a city like this is never going to be easy and it certainly won’t always be simple, but once you’ve taken that in you just adjust. You kind of mould yourself to fit in with all the complexities (and to fit on the tube in rush hour) and London-proof yourself.

On the plus side though, the city has made me ambitious, made me money, given me options, hosted many memorable weekends, made Friday nights gin-soaked and brilliant and it oozes culture and history, which I love.

It frustrates me to the moon and back that the housing situation is screwed, that I’ll never be able to live in an area of London that I love, or that it’s pricing people out left right and centre, but there’s good and bad side to every story, and it sometimes take a little effort to find the good.

I understand how a person could feel like the bad overpowers the good at times when it comes to London, but it’s all about balance. If you can get the balance right, it’s an incredible place to be, but it’s most certainly not for everyone and I get the make or break thing- it really happens. I know people who’ve been broken. They’ve come here with a picture of what life will be like and then the harsh realisation sets in that they don’t have the resource, can’t keep up with the competition or can’t bare the crowds and pace and have promptly left again for a happier, simpler life elsewhere. Different strokes for different folks. I also know others who have moved here from all over and never want to leave. Whatever London is, it has it’s positives and negatives, like everything and everywhere.

I also find that very small things determine how my day will go here. For the most part it’s the transport. Commuting from one part of London to the other feels like it should be easier than it is.

My first commute into the big city was a long one, going into East London every day and getting down with the moustaches and flat whites of Old Street, but it was also on the sturdy and mostly reliable northern line, stoic and bloody long. Over-crowded by Balham, mostly empty by Colindale, it’s had my back for many years and I have few complaints about the service. When I moved to Fulham with some friends to lessen my commute (read: have two new nail varnish collections to raid and pub partners to come home to) I was instantly horrified. If you’ve ever had to rely on the District Line going from the south into the city, you’ll know my pain. A terrible commuting time all round, but it was what it was. I read Game of Thrones, got good at sudoku and observed many rows about how much space there was to move down.

The transport is just another one of those things that you have to factor in to the balance. I find that all the negatives get outweighed by the pace that new stuff pops up to go alongside the classic London experiences. There’s such a wealth of stuff to do and see and eat and you can say that about every city I’m sure, but it’s what I love about London.

It isn’t an easy life, it isn’t simple and it takes some sacrifice but I wouldn’t want to call any other city my home.

The first time buyer journey – part one

    
When we first decided we wanted to try and buy a house, we still lived in a shared house with friends. We had become very comfortable. Probably too comfortable. We were in a brilliant location, five minutes from Fulham Broadway tube station, surrounded by bars and restaurants and near most of our friends. We had fairly easy commutes, paid low rent, no bills and had enough disposable cash to flit away on holidays regularly. 

It took us about five months to let this sweet situation go and finally get the wheels in motion. We had about 5k saved up, which in the greater London house market is like having fairy dust- so we had to move home. 

It was not the easiest thing in the world, by any means, but we were lucky my parents live in south London and we could still get to work easily and pay much, much less in way of rent. 

That was ten months ago. Tonight we have our first viewing. It’s been a weird year, 2016, aside from like, Brexit, some of my favourite celebs dying and feeling generally disillusioned about the world, it’s also felt like hitting pause on life. I realise now though that doing that was the only way we could truly have moved forward. 

We’ve spent endless time over the past ten months scouting out locations, staring at Zoopla and Right Move, doing calculations and desperately trying not to spend money. 

The finding a new place to live part has been the hardest. We’re fairly open about what we move into it, but I don’t want to be flippant about where. We could probably afford a very small flat in my home town, but its close proximity to the city means it’s getting more expensive all the time. We don’t want to be far away from friends. We don’t want horribly long, cripplingly expensive commutes. We don’t want to have mortgage payments so big we have nothing left over. We don’t want to have to move again in a couple of years to get more space if we can help it. 

It’s quite the conundrum, home owning. It’s one I’m more than happy to have though and I know we’re very lucky to be in a position to do it all in this part of the country. But I have had a headache for five straight days now which is definitely a combination of stress and staring at a laptop all hours of the day and night, so it’s not all joy and excitement.

The next part is the viewings. I’ve only ever viewed to rent and that mostly involved glancing into a bedroom and nodding happily at a not-very-good ensuite then going for a drink with my friend who conducted the whole thing. There has been a lot of googling. A lot of questions to parents, colleagues, older friends. I even feel like I might start talking to my dog soon. 

We have our first viewings this week, so I’m keen to see how useful the questions and hints I’ve got scrawled in a notebook in the bottom of my bag will be. I’m also quite scared. 

Wish me luck. 

London’s Hidden Walks

We’ve had this at home for about a year now and when we moved in December, it was one of the only books that didn’t get shoved in storage. I’ve lived in south London all my life, but hadn’t visited barely any of the places the walks in here have taken me, because they are what the cover says- hidden.

It’s amazing how much I still haven’t seen of a city I spend almost all of my time in, so even if you are a Londoner, I highly recommend this little gem. If you’re a tourist in the city it’s easily as good. It’ll get you out of tourist traps, show you stuff that’s tucked away well out of site of the big attractions and teach you some stuff along the way.

We’ve done almost all of the walks in volume 1 now, but theres two more books full of maps and history to get through. Another thing this has proven really good for is cheap days out. While we’ve been saving we’ve used it to spend whole days wandering around London with a camera, spending barely anything and feeling like we’ve done loads.

We did the Notting Hill walk this week weekend, a place I’ve drifted through over the years, and worked on top of for a couple, but never really gotten to known. This is definitely one of the prettiest in there, and the best for a full day out as it takes in Portobello Road so you can hit the market for lunch.

Volume 1 covers Mayfair, Fitzrovia, Soho, Westminster and Whitehall, Inns of Court, Hampstead, Notting Hill, Southwark and Bankside, East Rotherhithe, Docklands and Spitalfields and Whitechapel. My favourite so far was Rotherhithe, mostly because of the gorgeous little streets full of flowers and flats that overlook the river and all of London, but are so quiet and quaint they feel a million miles away from it.

All of the walks are listed by distance, so you can work out which to do on how much time you have. There are a couple of really long ones, like Hampstead and Nottinghill which could easily fill up hours, and shorter ones like Westminster.

One thing isn’t so good for though, is giving you serious real estate lust. The houses hidden away in some of the Notting Hill mews almost look too perfect to be real. If you ever needed inspiration to make your first million, this book has you covered. You can get all three volumes on Amazon.

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6 hidden little corners of London you need to explore

Okay, so they’re not all exactly hidden, but I didn’t know about these places until the last year or so. The more I spend my weekends aimlessly wandering around London, the more I realise how much aimless wandering there is left to do. I’ve never lived outside of zone 4, but I still find new places all the time. My favourite way to find them is to just stumble upon them on walks, but if I want to head off with a plan, I always turn to Instagram. It’s my favourite travel tool for looking up hidden gems, even in my home city. If you find yourself with a day spare to spend out on the streets of London town, I highly recommend these little gems.

1) Shooters Hill

In all fairness, this place is quite out of the way, and until I went there recently I’d never even been to this part of London. It’s out past Woolwich, and if you’re into views, then it’s worth the trip. There’s also a little builders tea cafe looking out on acres of green a couple of minutes walk from the hill where you can get coffee, ice cream and toasties. We were visiting a friend’s new flat by Woolwich station, so we went here first (it’s a very short bus ride from the town centre), and then I decided I kind of wanted to live there because there were loads of lovely whitewashed houses with flowers everywhere, and this view just casually hanging out in the background. Hiya London.

2) St Dunstan In The East

This is one of my favourite little corners of the whole of London. Secretly nestled inside the city, not far from Monument Station, are the ruins of a bombed out church. It’s SO cool. There’s nothing to do here but look and take photos, but we went on a Saturday mid-morning and it was so peaceful. It’s been planted with vines and lots of greenery so it looks like something totally lost in time, and pretty amazing when sun shines on it. So worth taking ten minutes to pass by, especially on a really sunny day.

3) More London

Good for lunch, very central, and quiet enough on a weekend when the surrounding offices are empty to hang out without feeling trapped by thousands of tourists. It’s also a good cut through between London Bridge and  Tower Bridge and has a weird little urban stream running through it. Oh and there’s a Leon’s.

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4) Hay’s Galleria

My Friday night haunt last summer for post-work night drinks. This place is like a little square, under cover, with a giant fountain, bars, places to eat, cafes and market stalls in the day. It also looks out across the river directly on the city and has lots of twinkly lights at night. Balls Brothers is worth a visit, plus they do a really good cocktail happy hour AND you can play petanque- seriously, look it up.

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5) Bermondsey Street

If money were no object and I could just casually drop a mil on a nice little studio flat like a Kardashian or something, this is where I would do it. I love it so much. As far as streets go, it’s got everything. Quirky little cafes, bottomless brunches, independent book shops, restaurants, flower stalls and it’s not manic, despite being so connected to so many big tourist hot spots, like Tower Bridge. I need to get super rich and live here.

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6) Shad Thames

Another place I wouldn’t mind living if I happened to find a fortune on the floor one day. Around the Tower Bridge area, this is like a little series of alleys containing the coolest looking flats, connected by walkways in the air. I went here not long ago with my friend for tea and cake (important business) and then went back about four times just to walk around and look at all the little wine and produce shops and peek-a-boo views of Tower Bridge.

5 April favourites 

  
1) Waffles at Village East, Bermondsey 

I went here on my birthday for brunch with my family and considered getting a burger for about seven seconds, then obviously ordered these instead. If you have a sweet tooth and you’re into brunch, you need to experience them. The coffee was absolutely delicious too. 

  
2) Map floors

I saw a map floor a few weeks ago in a shop and then stumbled upon this in a pub in Waterloo during Friday night drinks. Just going to turn my house into one giant map probably.

  
3) Tesco gym leggings 

If you would never think of looking in Tesco for your gym clothes, well, you should. Dressing like the sky makes me happy and they were a total bargain at £9 in the sale. Their gym leggings are all pretty tasty right now. 

  
4) Brixton Village Market

My boyfriend had a photoshoot here and I tagged along to look around and the market has changed so much. It’s full of cool and quirky little breakfast places and weird and wonderful clothes and food shops. There’s also an amazing beer garden if you walk out of the back and go right with live music and cocktails every weekend. 

  
5) Glasses from Firmoo

I got these last week and having never even considered getting my glasses online, I’m so impressed. The frames are amazing value and the process and delivery was so fast. They also came in a free leather map case with cleaners. Highly recommend. Their sunglasses range is also pretty amazing. I’ve got my eye on these babies for my summer stint in Cyprus. 

  
*sometimes items get sent to me, but all opinions and feedback are honest. 

Life edit: January, February & March

 

I’m writing this at 4am because I can’t sleep and it’s raining so hard outside it’s possible that the only way I’ll be getting to work tomorrow is by boat. Anyway, I haven’t had much time to turn my attention to this blog lately and I’ve also been low on ideas, which started making me wonder if it was all going to burn out. I checked my stats yesterday though, and apart from a few days, they’re still high. 2016 has been a year of high stats so far, and I can see from search engine info that people still search for this blog every day. People are also still coming to it by searching ‘in the shed’ which will confuse me forever and ever, but who am I to argue?

So since I don’t have a notebook full of ideas like I did back in January, I’m going to do some insomniac rabbling and see if anyone reads it.

Jan, Feb and what we’ve had of March so far have gone insanely fast. I thought the start of this year would go by really, painfully slowly as my only plans were to work and save like mad, but they’ve flown, and they’ve actually been pretty nice. I’ve discovered a few new favourite things:

Wild thing Paleo bars– I got sent these and when they came I didn’t eat them for ages because I was busy enjoying a diet of pasta and crumpets, but now I’m back on my usual, mostly healthy diet, these are big news. They’re flippin’ delicious. If you’ve tried a Naked bar (Cashew Cookie is to die for) you should try these. They’re tasty, natural, vegan and packed with nuts and seeds.

Ember Yard Tapas in London– easily the nicest tapas I’ve ever had in London and so reasonably priced. It’s near Oxford Circus and is one of Time Out’s top 50 places to eat in the city. I can also credit them for my first sushi eating experience which didn’t make me vomit. Win.

These Steve Madden heels ❤ ❤ ❤

Rotherhithe, which is currently my favourite little corner of London with the coolest views and most amazing looking flats and hidden pubs. If someone fancies dropping me a few mil, I’ll move in. It’s really good for photos round there too as it’s so quiet. Oh and speaking of photos lots of exciting things are happening around this website which have been keeping me and my boyfriend occupied during our spending hiatus.

Since January I’ve also posted a couple of my most-read blog posts to date including one on first world problems (brought about by a tantrum  I casually had in Waitrose) and one on things you probably didn’t factor in when you were about 16 and planning your adult life.

I also went to a wedding where I drank all of the gin in the land. Weddings cheer up winter.


Due to saving money like it’s going out fashion I’ve also taken to finding ways to spend time for free. I’ve done a lot of wondering the streets of London with friends, been to loads of places I hadn’t even heard of before and discovered ultimate love for Franco Manca pizza. So cheap. So delicious.

My health hasn’t been amazing so far in 2016. I’ve had flare ups of Ehlers Danlos and right now I’m brewing a sexy little eye infection, so I’ve tried really hard to massively up my healthy eating game. I make healthy choices 9 times out of 10. I’m one of those weird people who gets shunned for not liking bacon and I’ve never eaten a fry up (I know, shock horror), but I do binge on chocolate and sweets when I’m in the mood. Since a good diet is needed to keep me upright and feeling human, I’ve got into spiralizing. I mean, yeah, courgetti is not and will NEVER be spaghetti, but once you douse it in homemade pesto or a nice tomato sauce you can barely tell the difference. Also carrot noodles. Very orange. Very healthy. Very 5 a day.

Oh and my skin has not had a pleasant March so far. It’s been pretty good for ages now but I woke up last week with loads of spots and loads of dry skin, so I’ve been using this as a little boost and it’s all kinds of magic:

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Right now I’m basically counting down the days until I can disappear to Wales and eat massive breakfasts, drink wine, go on walks and lounge around with my friends playing cards against humanity. Probs going to tinker off and eat something now so if you made it this far, BYE.